Well we're here in the first full week of fall and what a summer I had this year. I did not teach, or do a whole lot of academic research (though I squeezed some in before the current semester started). I did not read very much, though I tried to a few times. The books … Continue reading Reflections on Summer, 2017
This is a post for the Love and Family section of this blog, as well as Politics in the News. In light of the drug epidemic our country is facing, it seems worth while to work through our thoughts on possible ways forward in order to better evaluate our country's political dialogue and policy responses. … Continue reading Thoughts on the Drug Epidemic
The vital importance of the American soldier in the past seemed much more self-evident than it does today. From the Revolution to World War II, the United States soldier carried a reputation and esteem that went nearly unquestioned -- at least in the popular imagination of today. Today, however, we need to force it a … Continue reading Has Weapons Technology Diminished the American Soldier?
There are plenty of people that view faith as a sort of suicide of the mind. The explicit preference among these types is for a purely skeptical posture toward the world, where all knowledge is derived scientifically. Of course, there is a great pitfall among those who depend on science, namely that science is inductive, and … Continue reading Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?
A common reason people will give for not voting is that they don't feel that their vote matters. And, as individuals, it really doesn't matter that much. It only matters when groups of people collectively decide whether or not to vote that really changes an election outcome. So your vote matters to the extent that … Continue reading Voting Efficacy and a Personal Connection to God
Not quite done with the semester yet, but feeling close enough to begin reflecting on what went right, what went wrong, and what if anything can be done about it for next year. My mind is at a place where I'm thinking about how there are a few big choices to make in approaching class. … Continue reading Some Reflections on a 1st Full Year of Teaching (College-level Politics)
When on deployment, the day-to-day routine can be roughly divided into mission days and recovery days. You either have a formal mission handed down through the chain of command, or you have the day to maximize your mission readiness in anticipation of whatever the next mission is. I was part of an armored combat engineer … Continue reading Recovery Days in Iraq, 2003
Whether you believe or reject the claim of the Resurrection of Jesus, there seems to be on either side a single key consideration. For believers, there is an account of the Resurrection given in the Bible. For doubters, this is an account of a miracle, and miracles do not occur. Those are the main competing … Continue reading On the Resurrection
Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is a challenging read, but gripping when you're in the mood for that sort of thing. The main thesis has something to do with faith being the greatest passion of human beings, that faith reaches beyond rational ethical doctrines, and that modern society is wrong to think that it can go … Continue reading Is faith above ethics?
Many of us have a sort of nagging restlessness that we're frequently in need of escaping. We need to be fully immersed in something, but nothing seems sufficiently appealing. There is a deep trepidation that trying to immerse in the wrong thing will only intensify the restlessness, turning it into desperation. Others of us are lucky … Continue reading Needing a (Way of) Life